By: Joey Neuman
For the first time since 1904, golf is in the Olympics. In the 1904 Olympics, the only two countries who competed for gold in golf were the United States and Canada. Now, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, there are many countries and 120 competitors in the event. Golf made its way back into the Olympics because of the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in 2009. They decided to re add the sport because it was quickly expanding.
There were 60 men and 60 women, competing in the 72-hole (four rounds of 18 holes) individual stroke play under the official rules of golf. The course was built at the Reserva de Marapendi. The Hanse Golf Course Design was chosen from eight companies that were fighting to build the course. The course is being used during the men’s (August 11-14) and the women’s (August 17-20) competition. After the Olympic Games, the course will be a public facility in attempt to push forward Brazil’s golf profile.
The gold medalist for men’s individual was Justin Rose from Great Britain and ended the competition shooting 16 under par. The silver medalist comes from Sweden. Henrik Stenson gained his country their first ever medal in golf shooting 14 under par. Finally, the bronze medalist, Matt Kuchar, shot 13 under par after a remarkable back nine holes. Many golfers are ecstatic to golf at the next Olympic Games. Justin Rose took to twitter to express his enthusiasm.
The second and final round of golf in the Olympics was the women’s individual. The gold medalist was South Korea’s Inbee Park who shot 16 under par. The silver medalist was Lydia Ko from New Zealand who shot 5 strokes under Park’s score (16) and finished with a -11. Finally, the bronze medalist was Shanshan Feng from China finishing 12 under par.
Bringing golf back into the Olympics seemed to be a big hit as many people were watching it this year. “Golf was a very good re-addition to the Olympics, it involves many different athletes and I can’t wait to watch in the 2020 Olympics,” said Junior Jordan Ewing.